Thunderstorms rumbled across Iowa Thursday in one of the first spring storms. Meteorologist Donna Dubberke of the Quad Cities National Weather Service office says storms hit southern Iowa early yesterday. Dubberkey says the Weather Service received reports of a couple of lightning strikes in Burlington in far southeast Iowa. She says the storm dropped a lot of hail, too. One storm spotter reported golfball-sized hail. She says with the magnitude of the storm, the large hail was in the ballpark. Hail and severe thunderstorms hit other parts of Iowa on Thursday. This is, by the way, Severe Weather Awareness Week. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Wallenfang says the spring season of severe storms is well underway. Wallenfang says people need to be aware of what they will do when severe weather strikes. He says ultimately, advanced planning could end up saving your life. Wallenfang encourages businesses, schools and families to go over their plans on what they should do when a severe storm hits.
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